Larry Foote of the Pittsburgh Steelers knows this to be true, as noted by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Joe Starkey, who asked if Tebow would fit in as a potential teammate:
If (GM) Kevin Colbert says so, I'm all for it. [...] Why not? Tebow, just from what I see, is an awesome guy and a talent. [...] He won some games, had some success [...]. We know it firsthand. I think he should be somewhere at least competing for a job. I think he's earned that.
Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor and defensive end Brett Keisel both begrudgingly admitted that Tebow has their respect as well, and backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski said he's "a little surprised" Tebow isn't signed on with a team at this point.
On one hand, it's easy to see why Tebow is still without an NFL job. Teams don't want to bring on a backup quarterback who attracts so much personal attention, and anyone who saw what happened in New York this past year can tell you Tebowmania can be disruptive to an NFL locker room if not handled properly.
That said, if a player like JaMarcus Russell can get another chance to work out for teams, it's hard to understand why Tebow is still waiting for a call.
Who is a better option as a backup QB right now?
Many analysts and fans alike point to Tebow's horrid mechanics, elongated windup and abysmal completion percentage as a way to bash him as a player.
From a pure statistical standpoint, Tebow's 47.9 percent completion rate is certainly a bottom-of-the-barrel number, but it's hardly the only stat that matters.
Consider this: Tebow's touchdown-to-interception rate is 17-9, nearly two touchdowns for every interception. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne have combined to throw 63 touchdowns and 65 interceptions, and the two of them are fighting for a chance to start in 2013 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tebow may not be the prettiest quarterback to watch, and yes, his passes tend to look like wounded ducks half the time, but he's at least as good—if not much better—an option as Gabbert or Henne.
Then there's the small matter of Tebow's record as a winning quarterback in the NFL. In his short career, he has compiled a record of 8-6, taken a team that was completely dead to the playoffs and beat the mighty Steelers in the 2011 AFC Wild Card Round.
Tebow will _______ in 2013.
Furthermore, if you believe renowned quarterback guru Steve Clarkson, Tebow's "faulty mechanics" have been fixed, per Bob Glauber of Newsday.
"I would hope wherever he ends up, they give him an opportunity to play, because if they do, they'll be pleasantly surprised. I think the guy can still play," Clarkson exclaimed.
Tebow deserves another chance to earn a roster spot. It's not his fault that the media obsesses over his every move. And to that point, his new team could shield him from the media, much like what the San Diego Chargers have done with Manti Te'o.
It's a shame Tebow is in the spot he's in right now. He's never done anything but work his tail off to do whatever he must do in order to help his team. Simply put, he deserves better than he's getting right now.
Tebow deserves a second chance in the NFL.
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